Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Marin Alsop conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
Nicola Benedetti’s first appearance with us.
A musician always confounding expectations, violinist Nicola Benedetti performs with us for the first time in this concert.
She’s joined by conductor Marin Alsop for a programme of Beethoven performed with pure unvarnished musicality.
Here’s the programme for our Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert on Monday 20 March at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.
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His times: In Beethoven’s late twenties, France overthrew its monarchy and a wave of rebellion spread through Europe. The composer, a devout Republican, was presented with an opportunity not only to change music, but to change the social standing of ‘the artist’. He did both: from the early 1800s, music would never be the same again, and historians increasingly concur that with Beethoven an era of the artist-hero was born that arguably still holds sway today.Read More
Way back in October 2014 we performed works by Berlioz, Beethoven and George Onslow. This Royal Philharmonic Society pre-concert talk, entitled Beyond Beethoven, looks at whether music history is unjustly dominated by the greats by focusing on lesser-known composers of the Classical period.Read More
Wow, that came round fast. It only seems like yesterday that we were asking you to help us name a concert in our current season (Lord of the Strings, coming up on 25 Nov and on tour), and here we are doing it all over again – this time for our 2015-2016 season, which gets announced in January.Read More
Recorded live at the Edinburgh International Festival, with the late Sir Charles Mackerras.Read More
Last night we made our first outing this season at the Royal Festival Hall, flying the flag for the rarely heard composer George Onslow with his first symphony, alongside the overture to Beatrice and Benedict by Berlioz, and Beethoven’s great Eroica Symphony.Read More
Beethoven is so popular that to come up with things his fans don’t know is a challenge. Let’s see how we do…Read More
This week we are performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. It’s guaranteed to take you through a wide range of emotions in the colossal first movement alone. However here we’ll focus on the second movement, a funeral march.Read More
A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.Read More
It’s only one week until our Southbank Season starts, but before then you can join us for a refresher at our headquarters in King’s Cross.Read More
This autumn we bring you the music of the ‘other’ Beethoven: George Onslow.Read More
Over the last few weeks absolutely loads of you have been in touch to tell us your most hated classical pieces. And we weren’t exempt, with one person arguing this ”doesn’t achieve anything. Just more nauseating PR”, I think it’s safe to assume we made his hall of shame. We had a great laugh hearing some of your responses and have put together the definitive list. So get your ear plugs at the ready, here’s you top ten most hated classical pieces.Read More
We round up some of the press reviews from last week’s concert with Semyon Bychkov…Read More
Last night we joined Semyon Bychkov in a packed Royal Festival Hall for Beethoven’s explosive Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s epic Symphony No.9. But fear not – BBC Radio 3 were there to capture the whole thing. So if you missed it, just click on the link below and listen at your leisure.Read More
Last night we climbed aboard the Royal Festival Hall stage, to take on the Great and the powerful in a concert featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7. Here’s what you had to say about it….Read More
We’re performing Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 April (also at Basingstoke’s Anvil on 5 April). See if you can spot the one lie amongst the facts on Schubert’s Great Symphony…Read More
Beethoven’s 7th Symphony will be featured in our upcoming concert on 8 April in Royal Festival Hall (and 5 April at the Anvil in Basingstoke) Here are a few things you (probably) didn’t know about it…Read More
On 8 April we’ll be joined by Semyon Bychkov at the Royal Festival Hall for Symphonic Greats, featuring two monumental masterpieces; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s Great Symphony No. 9.
Listen to the Spotify playlist below for a taste of what to expect.Read More